To Cusco by Bus, Cusco
From Lima to Cuzco or from Cuzco to Lima [[De Lima a Cusco o viceversa]]
1) check out the map of Peru in my Peru VT page [[ mirar el mapa en mi pagina de VT]]
2) there are various buses that go the different segments and different prices depending on the type of service. Here is a sample itinerary for Cruz del Sur with stops on important cities you must see. :
Cruz del Sur http://www.cruzdelsur.com.pe/
Lima – Paracas (Ica) ;
Ica- Nazca ;
Nazca- Arequipa ;
Note though they advertise cheap prices, those sale prices are only for a couple of seats a day and they might be at the very back of the bus.
If you do not speak spanish I do not recommend to call the Lima phone number, you are placed on hold and the operator might not speak english at all. Write them an email in their contact page, I listed under the other contact.
To call Peru from the US dial 011-51
If the phone is in Lima add the 1 to the other provinces the area code will be listed.
Just in case you need to call from Peru you dial 311-5050 for their Lima location. The Bus company lists a phone number to call if you are calling from Peru but
from other cities than Lima dial 72-0444 or 0801-11111
3) Once you are in Cuzco there are local buses to go from Cuzco to Ollantaytambo and then there are 3 options a)walk ; b) take the train c) circumvent with a mini bus (or combis) and walk the last leg -- those tips on another review.
For some backpackers, it's not always necessary to pay 10~15 soles to get a taxi from Cusco airport. Bus is an alternative. Exit the airport on your left, wait for bus C4M. It's a 30-minute ride and the bus will stop at the center of Cusco & in front of Church of San Pedro. It only costs you 0.16 Sol, or abt 6 cents.
Hello dear adventure girl i am from Cusco and i live in Cusco , there are a lot of bus companies you can chose the best one and the hour to go La PAZ IF YOU like , i can help you imail me to firstname.lastname@example.org bye .
Travelers be warned of two possibilities if considering the bus service between La Paz (Bolivia) and Puno/Cuzco (Peru): 1) the dishonesty and deceitfulness among those selling the tickets and 2) the halt of all vehicle traffic when elections are being held in Bolivia. My wife and I had both occur to us on our trip, specifically with the bus line “Turismo San Luis” selling us tickets for cama seats from Cuzco to Puno (for an extra cost of 10 nuevos soles each) that ended up being only semi-cama, then further refusing to refund the tickets we purchased from them in advance for travel with the “Panamericano” bus line from Puno to La Paz when the Bolivian government shut down all traffic for its elections; no one seemed to be aware of (or wanted to admit) this problem when we purchased the bus tickets, and it nearly cost us missing our flight connection in La Paz.
This may sound like a couple of naïve travelers encountering the normal set of scams, so I should emphasize that we are usually quite wary of such rip-offs and had done a lot of research via guidebooks and various internet sites – which brings me to one last point: almost none of the information in the books re: which bus lines offer service between La Paz and Cuzco (or their times of departure) was accurate [ex. Ormeno no longer does this route at all]; apparently this route is so unstable and subject to change that not even the bus companies’ websites and themselves were correct.
So our only advice is to be more cautious and questioning in planning your trips if they should involve busing between La Paz and Cuzco. The scenery was beautiful and the comfort level adequate, one only needs to be more informed than we were.
Thank you for considering our input and good luck!
John & Holley Nichols
We took buses from Cusco to Ayachuco (we flew from Ayachuco to Lima) in 2000, and it took several days over partially paved roads that were often only one lane wide. We were the only tourists on these buses and they were very nice (Mercedes). This is the territory that has spawned terrorist movements, so there were occasional security checkpoints where we gringos got special scrutiny.
If you are thinking about driving, I would leave the driving to the experts. Most of the driving is through the Andes and it is one hair pin turn after another. Each time the bus reached a turn on these one lane roads, it would sound its horn, and if it did not hear another horn, it would continue at full speed around the turn! There is a curtain that can be drawn by the bus driver so that the passengers can not see what is ahead and when things got exciting, the bus driver often shut the curtain so that the passengers would not get worried.
Maybe things have changed radically since I was there, but I doubt it.
I recommend this bus trip if you have lots of time.
From Puno you can drop in a night bus that takes you to Cusco in 8-10hrs.
One thing you gotta remember is to take in the bus a sleeping bag as it will be very very very cold....
Anotehr thing to remember is that if you choose this way to reach Cusco, you will get in the city very early in the morning, so it would be better (but definitely not a MUST) to have an hotel accomodation already booked.
I took a company called "Pony express", quiet ok and also cheap, that leaves Puno central station at 08pm and gets to Cusco at 5Am
ok, generally you travel with busses in Peru. There ara a lot of different bus agencies, ´better don´t choose the cheapest ones (or do you like stops for changing wheels or sleeping drivers...)...ok, I´m kidding, the most of the bus agencies in Peru I knew are quite good.
The other way to travel long distancies is the airplane, there are airports in Lima, Cuzco, Juliaca, Arequipa, Loreto and a lot of more big towns, travelling by plane is not that expensive neither.
Most beautiful and intersting of all is travelling from Puno to Cuzco or Cuzco to Arequipa by train. I recommand to do this!
There are plenty of buses to Cusco from all over Peru as well as a few from Bolivia. The cost per hour travel is about $1 USD, however, international and luxury buses cost extra. Traveling by bus is one of the best way to experience Peru: it is easy, affordable, and reliable (in most cases...hehehe).
Jungle Trip (Look at my Sepahua page for details, 2 days to reach the jungle by local bus and/or boat)
Arequipa (10 hours, overnight bus)
Puno (Lake Titikaka, about 8 hours, overnight bus)